Okay... Tonight I am fed up with ebay! Ebay has been plagued with so many changes, glitches, and problems over the last year I could write a book about them. I am nearing my breaking point. I know I am not alone here, this entry is for everyone frustrated with ebay... sellers and buyers!
Earlier this week it was issues with my images and Inkfrog. No one could view the images in my 700 listings for a day. If my images aren't available I can't sell my wares. Now, there are issues with listing new items on ebay. This issue has been occurring for 2 weeks... on May 7th, we were told ebay was treating this as a "Priority Issue" and they are working on it... here it is MAY 23 and the problem still exists! Meaning, I can't list new items until the problem is resolved. I have dozens of new items and 100's of hours invested in new creations I can't list.
In the midst of all these glitches and problems ebay made sure they sent me my monthly bill on May 15th. Heaven forbid they not be paid!
I am an artist that relies on ebay. I work hard and take great pride in being a kind and responsible ebay seller. I squeak out enough money to pay my bills and survive (with Ian's help). If I don't have the ability to list and sell items, I can't stay in business... I can't pay the bills... I can't continue to do what I love to do!
I know I am small beans compared to what larger "powersellers" hand over to ebay... but little me managed to pay ebay thousands of dollars in seller fees last year. My jaw dropped when I did my taxes for 2008. And despite all of the fees I pay, I could get through to the pentagon easier than I can get real help from ebay.
When I tell people I am on ebay they look at me like I have 6 heads and say, with question in their voice, "Really?" Most have given up on ebay... and despite all of these issues I have hung in there. I have often contemplated etsy or creating my own website... this may be the push I need to make the move.
I will be sure to keep everyone posted. I have met so many wonderful people on ebay it kills me to think of moving. I hope my ebay friends will follow me to etsy or wherever I decide to go...I'll be sure to keep you posted while I figure it all out!
Thank you for "listening." In the 3 years I've been blogging I have never gone crazy, mad--- tonight is the night! Please feel free to leave a comment. Know an alternative to ebay that you're happy with? -Let me know!!
I included pictures of some of the pretties I have waiting to be listed on ebay (grrr...)